Walmart will use fully driverless trucks to make deliveries in 2021
December 15, 2020
Walmart will use fully autonomous box trucks to make deliveries in Arkansas starting in 2021. The big-box retailer has been working with a startup called Gatik on a delivery pilot for 18 months. Next year, the two companies plan on taking their partnership to the next level by removing the safety driver from their autonomous box trucks.
Meet The Startup That Has Raised $118M To Automate Critical Distribution Yards
December 1, 2020
Imagine passing a colorful, logo-laden semi-trailer on the highway, as it heads back from a large retail supermarket chain to a massive distribution yard located outside a warehouse. Once it enters the yard, the truck, alongside hundreds of others, must quickly unload crates, empty cardboard boxes and leftover food, reload more product and hit the road again.
Mayor Fulop hails Via as “Jersey City success story”
November 30, 2020
Mayor Steven M. Fulop announces New Jersey’s first municipal-subsidized, on-demand shared ride service, Via Jersey City, is a major success for the community, breaking records in ridership and exceeding the city’s goals of effectively closing transit deserts in communities that need it most.
Gatik’s Self-Driving Delivery Vans Head North to Canada
November 23, 2020
Gatik has begun hauling cargo for Loblaws Inc., Canada’s largest grocer. The company joins Walmart on Gatik’s small but impressive list of clients. The steady scaling of the business has also won a $25 million round of investment at an undisclosed valuation, a deal that highlights an important incongruity in the self-driving sector: The most pragmatic — seemingly least ambitious — missions are making the most progress.
GM, Motorq Unveil System to Streamline Fleet Order-to-Delivery
November 18, 2020
“We can track a $20 pizza, why can’t we track a $20,000 car?” The question came up in a conversation between Arun Rajagopalan, cofounder and CEO of Motorq, and a fleet management company in late 2019. It referenced the pain points in the lifecycle of a vehicle before it lands in the hands of its end user.
Rajagopalan explains the series of phone calls between the factory, car carrier, dealer, fleet management company, or fleet operator...
Outrider reins in $65 million to automate distribution yards
October 28, 2020
The freight industry is inching closer to electrification and autonomy, and much of the action is taking place in the distribution yard. Among the beneficiaries is Outrider, a startup that automates yard operations for logistics hubs. On Wednesday, the Golden, Colorado-based company announced it had closed $65 million in Series B funding. Koch Disruptive Technologies led the round, with participation from existing investors NEA, 8VC and Prologis Ventures.
Motional partners with Via to launch a robo-taxi service in the U.S.
October 27, 2020
Motional, a joint self-driving research collaboration between Aptiv and Hyundai, today announced a partnership with Via that the companies say will serve as a blueprint for an on-demand, shared robo-taxi service. Ahead of the partnership’s launch in the first half of 2021, Motional and Via say they will build infrastructure to connect Motional’s driverless vehicles with Via’s technology that powers booking, routing, passenger and vehicle assignment and identification, customer experience, and fleet management.
Driverless middle-mile deliveries could begin by next summer
October 23, 2020
Sam Saad, head of operations for Gatik, an autonomous vehicle startup, explained during a fireside chat Friday as part of FreightWaves’ Cold Chain Summit, that the company could have driverless vehicles on roadways by next summer. Speaking with Kevin Hill, director of research and editorial for FreightWaves, Saad said that fully autonomous vehicles might be on the road “before summer rolls around next year.”
Ex-Tesla CIO’s Auto Retail Startup Turns Unicorn in New Funding
October 21, 2020
Tekion Corp., a cloud-based automotive retail startup founded by a former Tesla Inc. executive, has raised $150 million from backers led by private equity investor Advent International, lifting its valuation to over $1 billion. The four-year-old startup, whose cloud software connects manufacturers, dealers and car buyers on a retail platform, drew investments from Index Ventures, Airbus Ventures, FM Capital and Exor.
Aurora Labs raises $23 million to automatically detect bugs in car codebases
September 22, 2020
Connected car analytics startup Aurora Labs today raised $23 million, bringing its total raised to $34 million. Notably, the capital comes after Porsche SE expanded its investment in Aurora to $2.5 million, which gave the automaker a "low single-digit" percentage stake in the startup.
RAVIN.AI lands Fraser McCombs-led investment, announces GM for Americas
August 13, 2020
RAVIN.AI, a developer of vehicle inspection technologies, recently announced an investment round led by Fraser McCombs Capital, while also bringing on auto industry executive Jim O’Brien as its Americas general manager.
The company said in a news release it plans on using the funding round for North American growth and to further develop its platform.
Walmart’s self-driving partner is changing e-commerce economics
June 19, 2020
For a self-driving vehicle startup, Gatik has an odd mantra: don’t agonize over autonomy, worry about delivery. Specifically, the three-year-old company is focused on so-called middle-mile delivery, the oft-overlooked leg between when, say, a sweater is trucked across the country and when it is ferried over the last few miles and dropped on someone’s porch.
GuardKnox Rolls Out New ‘Cybertech Tier’ Vehicle Supply Chain Category
May 19, 2020
To bring about the next generation of service-oriented and software-defined automobiles, computing solutions provider GuardKnox has rolled out a new category on the worldwide vehicle supply chain called the Cybertech Tier. The move comes as the firm says non-traditional tech firms are changing the definition of the traditional supply chain to bolster vehicle innovation, according to an announcement.
Online used-car seller Vroom files for a June initial public offering
May 10, 2020
Online used-car seller Vroom Inc. is set to go public, according to a Wall Street Journal report today that the company has filed paperwork for a possible June initial public offering. Founded in 2013, Vroom pitches itself as an e-commerce platform designed to offer a better way to buy and sell used vehicles. The company employs “data-driven technology” to bring “all phases of the vehicle buying and selling process to buyers wherever they are.”
Optimus Ride pivots role of autonomous vehicles during COVID-19
April 14, 2020
Like many autonomous vehicle companies, Boston-based Optimus Ride paused its autonomous operations at customer sites due to COVID-19. The MIT spin-off is doing its part to observe social distancing and help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. One of the places it paused operations was at Paradise Valley Estates (PVE), a retirement community for people ages 55-plus in Fairfield, Calif. Optimus Ride offers a point-to-point service for PVE residents within the gated community.